Annual Chesterton Conference in Philadelphia - July 25-27, 2024
The Society of G.K. Chesterton
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Three days of intellectual stimulation, spiritual edification, and pure delight!

Join us for this year’s Chesterton conference, our annual three-day reunion of friends, old and new. Don't miss the stimulating talks, the spiritual enrichment, and our legendary nightly afterglow celebrations!

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"It is only in God that we love one another."


An all-star lineup, including:


President, Society of
G. K. Chesterton

Dr. Alan Harrelson

Professor and Owner,
“Pipe Cottage”

Dr. Susan Hanssen

Associate Professor of
History, Univ. of Dallas


Professor and
Best-Selling Author

✦   A ‘Localism’ Panel – featuring Dr. Allan Carlson, Dr. William Fahey, Jason Craig, and Fr. Michael Rennier, contributors to the new book from Sophia Institute Press, Localism: Coming Home to Catholic Social Teaching

✦  Fabiola Garza, character artist at Disney Creative Group and author of the hit new book Princesses of Heaven from Word on Fire

✦   Leonie Caldecott, writer, playwright, and co-founder, with the late Strattford Caldcott, of Second Spring: An International Journal of Faith and Culture

✦   Josh McKoon, former State Senator from Georgia and Knight of the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton

✦   Nancy Brown, speaker, author, and world’s foremost expert on Frances Chesterton

✦   Dr. Peter Floriani, prolific writer, computer scientist, and winner of the Society of G.K. Chesterton’s lifetime achievement award 

✦   Franciscan Friar Fr. Larry Gosselin, O.F.M., author of I Have Been Waiting For You, A Personal and Spiritual Journey with Saint Teresa of Kolkata

✦   John Walker, star of EWTN’s television series, Chesterton Station, and professor at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio

✦   Joe Grabowski, VP Evangelization and Mission at the Society of G. K. Chesterton and co-host of the Society’s UncommonSense podcast

✦   Brady Stiller2020 Notre Dame Valedictorian and author of Your Life Is a Story: G.K. Chesterton and the Paradox of Freedom from Word on Fire

✦  Susan Sucher, popular columnist in Gilbert magazine and Local Societies Coordinator for the Society of G. K. Chesterton

✦  … and more!



Thursday, July 25

2:00 PM – Registration opens

4:30 PM – Opening Mass

5:30 PM – Dinner

6:45 PM – Opening Keynotes

9:15 PM – Night Prayer

9:30 PM – Afterglow


7:30 AM – Daily Mass

7 – 8:45 AM – Breakfast

9:00 AM – Morning Sessions

12:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 PM – Afternoon Sessions

6:30 PM – Evening Keynotes

9:15 PM – Night Prayer

9:30 PM – Afterglow


7:30 AM – Daily Mass

7 – 8:45 AM – Breakfast

9:00 AM – Morning Sessions

12:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 PM – Breakout Sessions #1

2:15 PM – Breakout Sessions #2

3:15 PM – Confessions Available

4:00 PM – Anticipatory Mass

7:00 PM – Closing Banquet

9:15 PM – Afterglow

Greet old friends and make new friends
in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere!


This year’s conference will take place at the beautiful Alloy, a DoubleTree by Hilton in King of Prussia, PA just outside Philadelphia near historic Valley Forge.  Book online or call the 855-610-TREE and mention the Chesterton ConferenceHurry – there are a limited number of rooms available at our special rate! 

The Alloy King of Prussia – a DoubleTree by Hilton
301 West DeKalb Pike
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406 USA 

Notes and FAQs

A 6-meal package of catered meals at the hotel may be purchased on an a la carte basis or as part of a complete conference registration package. The meal package includes Thursday night dinner; all meals on Friday; and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. You will receive a meal ticket good for one plate for each meal of the weekend. Meals are served buffet-style in the same area of the hotel as the talks, making meals both inexpensive and convenient. Meal packages must be purchased ahead of time; we are unable to sell meals on site. 

One-Day Tickets are available for purchase at the door as seating allows. Member, student, or clergy discounts do not apply for One-Day tickets.

Faculty, staff and board members from member schools in the Chesterton Schools Network (CSN) will gather at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel from Tuesday, July 30 to Thursday, August 1 for our annual conference. Our first annual summer gathering students will run concurrently with the CSN conference. Click here for more information and to register.

Tickets for the closing banquet do not qualify for member discounts. Banquet tickets are purchased separately or as part of the complete conference packages. This joyful evening of jokes, toasts, songs, clerihews, and other fun is hosted by Dale Ahlquist and is the highlight of our annual conference. Hurry – seating is limited!

This year’s conference will take place at the beautiful Sheraton Overland Park Hotel. Book your room now to take advantage of the special conference rate of $105/night. To reserve your room, book online or call the hotel at +1 913-234-2100. Additional discounted rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites at the Convention Center; call 1-800-HOLIDAY. Mention the Chesterton Society when you book to receive special pricing. Hurry – limited supply of rooms at this special conference rate!

We are unable to issue refunds for any conference item (registration, meals, banquet tickets, or vendor tables) at any time. For more information, please contact the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton toll free at 1-800-343-2425.

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The family – the fundamental institution that has survived kingdoms and epochs – seems to be under attack from all sides. Is it warproof? Is it weatherproof? Or is it doomed? Find out what G.K. Chesterton has to say about this … and be inspired, encouraged, and renewed in hope. Join us at the beautiful Sheraton Overland Park Hotel to enjoy three days of fun and fellowship, whether you’re new to Chesterton or a long-time fan. For complete details and to register, visit or call 800-343-2425.

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For more information or assistance, contact the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton toll free at 1-800-343-2425.

See you in Philly!